Here is a reading plan to help you understand baptism a little better.

BAPTIZE: A form of bapto, “to dip, to immerse”

E. Vine, Merrill F. Unger, and William White Jr., Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (Nashville, TN: T. Nelson, 1996), 50.

When we are baptized, we are giving a visual illustration of a spiritual truth from God:

Death and resurrection of Jesus for our sins.
Death with Jesus of ourselves to sin and resurrection in Jesus to righteousness.
READ: Romans 6:1–4

The Holy Spirit being placed into (baptized, literal translation) us
READ: John 14:15-21; Acts 2

The believer being placed into (baptized, literal translation) The Church by the Holy Spirit.
READ: 1 Corinthians 12:1-20

Complete washing of our sinful, hypocritical life by the Holy Spirit.
READ: Luke 11:37-41

We are commanded to baptize believers. This was practiced in the early church.
READ: Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41; Acts 10

How do I qualify?
READ: Acts 8:26-40